One Voice Continues Rich Music Tradition at SCU

By Tyler Moss

Early on the morning of June 7th, a group of Southwestern Christian University students loaded up their sound system, musical instruments and luggage, piled into van and embarked on a trip towards South Carolina, where they will begin a two-week tour of churches, camps, children’s homes and chapel services.

The group, known as One Voice, is comprised of nine current SCU students continuing the work of the many former students who have come before them and participated in one of the school’s richest traditions. The trip comes on the heels of a tour of Oklahoma in which the group visited several churches, schools and assisted living centers within the state. Whether they are performing in the friendly confines of the Sooner state, or several states away, the impact of One Voice’s ministry doesn’t change.

Directed by Dr. Mark Johnson, SCU’s Creative Arts Department Head, and Professor David Roman, along with assistance from former group member Taylor Drake, One Voice is a ministry that molds students’ talents and love of music into a powerful vocal group.

This year’s group consists of Jay-Cee Camp (Putnam City, Okla.), Hamin “Chris” Choi (South Korea by way of Bolivia), Erica Halley (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Jacob Johnson (Ponca City, Okla.), Sasha LeBlanc (Okmulgee, Okla.), Cameron Leggett (North Carolina), Kaisha Schoonover (Bartlesville, Okla.), Justin Ward (North Carolina), and Rebekah Willis (McAlester, Okla.).

University President Dr. Ed Huckeby says One Voice’s ministry is a continuation of the wonderful tradition of music and service at SCU.

“Since the founding of Southwestern Christian University in 1946, music has played an important role in the academic formation, spiritual development and student recruitment for our institution,” Huckeby said. “The members of this year’s group are continuing this tradition through leading worship across the country, as well as serving as counselors and ministering in other venues, such as nursing homes.

“We are very proud of these young people and the standards they have set for themselves, both musically and spiritually.”